The Watermark Conference for Women, held annually in San Jose, California, offers inspiration, motivation, development, and community for women across the country. This year QVC and zulily joined over 6,000 attendees to host a product search in hopes of discovering new brands and products from entrepreneurial women. I had the pleasure of attending and being on the panel.
Presenters had the unique opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of retail experts and get their product noticed by two companies that share a commitment to female entrepreneurship and empowerment.
Each presenter had ten minutes to pitch their original concepts in front of a live audience and receive instant feedback from panelists.
We saw about two dozen products through the course of the day, including handbags, apparel, accessories, and beauty products & devices. I can’t name names at the moment, but both QVC and zulily brought back products for further evaluation. Yay!!!
“Days like last Friday truly puts what we do into perspective,” said panelist Bridget Love - Merchandising QVC. “It was a great reminder of the power we have as retailers and as women.” Panelists included Bridget, Lori Twomey - Merchant zulily, Anna Baker- Retail Brand Strategy QVC, Lorraine Beltran- Merchandising zulily, and me!
I loved seeing the products, listening to the feedback of my fellow panelists, and being in a room filled with women supporting women. I can’t wait to hear the follow up on the potential products.
It was a wonderful experience and I hope to attend next year as well.
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